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December 9, 2016

Using the Library

Get Started : Free Library Service Areas

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Delayed opening at Library branches

Due to the weather, all Library branches will open at noon today. Central Library will open today at regular time - 10 a.m.

OverDrive ebook issues

Some patrons report seeing incorrect ebook holds and checkouts. Please log out and back in to clear. If you are consistently seeing incorrect ebook entries please report to Ask a Librarian. We are working with OverDrive to resolve this issue.

The Library's Website may experience brief outages

On Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4 a.m. to noon, the Library's website may experience brief intermittent outages due to scheduled server maintenance.

Free Library Service Areas

Who qualifies for free Library service?

Anyone who lives, works or owns property within the Library's free service areas (or the spouse or underage dependent of someone who does). You also can get a free card if you go to school in the service areas.

Free service areas include:

  • All areas of the cities of Seattle and Bothell
  • Most of King County, except: city of Yarrow Point and Hunts Point
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You also qualify if you have a Library card issued by:

  • Everett Public Library
  • Kitsap Regional Library
  • Pierce County Library System
  • Puyallup Public Library
  • Sno-Isle Regional Library System
  • Timberland Regional Library


Cardholders from the library systems above should bring their library card, valid identification and proof of their home address to any location of The Seattle Public Library for a free card. These library systems also extend the same benefit to cardholders from The Seattle Public Library.

May I use other library systems within Washington state?

Yes. Under an agreement with King County Library System, people living in Seattle may get a library card and borrow items from King County Library System (KCLS). See Update to reciprocal use agreement between King County Library System and The Seattle Public Library for more information.

Cardholders from The Seattle Public Library also can get a free card issued by Everett Public Library, Kitsap Regional Library System, Puyallup Public Library, Pierce County Library System, Sno-Isle Regional Library and Timberland Regional Library, which they can use to reserve and borrow items from these libraries. To qualify, take your card issued by The Seattle Public Library, valid identification and proof of home address to any location of these library systems.

Can I use Library services if I don't qualify for a free card?

Yes, but to borrow items, you will need a:

  • Visitor card - for people temporarily living in our service area for up to three months. Visitor cards cost $25 and are good for three months. People using a visitor card can borrow up to five items at a time.
  • Non-resident card - for people living in Washington state who do not qualify for service in other ways. Non-resident cards cost $85 and are good for one year.
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